World Series 2014: Giants vs. Royals Game 1 review and Game 2 Preview

World Series 2014: Giants vs. Royals Game 1 review and Game 2 Preview
It’s officially that time of year, when everything we’ve talked about, everything we’ve speculated, and all the game play has come down to this final seven game set of the MLB season known as the World Series. It’s been an incredible ride this postseason, everything from 7th inning and later come backs, multiple games being decided by... Read more »

When fitting pieces together, it's the whole picture that matters

When fitting pieces together, it's the whole picture that matters
The Cubs are loaded with shortstops but as we have said numerous times, they can pretty much play anywhere on the field.  The question becomes one of value.  We tend to ask ourselves, “Where should I put player A to maximize his value?” It’s a legitimate question but I’m not sure it’s the best way... Read more »

Looking at Options for the 2015 Rotation

Looking at Options for the 2015 Rotation
You can sense it.  This is the winter our discontent turns to glorious summer by this Son of Boston.  In less flashy tones: we’re gonna get some free agents.  We’ve talked some recently about position players and leaders the Cubs might bring in.  But position players aren’t really a position of need for us.  Our... Read more »
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Until there is greater clarity, the Cubs should hoard the jewels in their organization

Until there is greater clarity, the Cubs should hoard the jewels in their organization
The excitement of talented  young prospects has our minds racing with the the possibilities for the future.  There is the potentialy elite power of Kris Bryant and Javier Baez, the all-around hitting talents of  Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler, and the polished play of Addison Russell, Bill McKinney, and Albert Almora.  The idea of the... Read more »

EconoBall: The Benefits of Good Bats in Defensive Positions

EconoBall: The Benefits of Good Bats in Defensive Positions
There are certain positions on the diamond, notably shortstop, center field, and catcher, where defense is considered more important than offense.  In August, Beyond the Box Score did a study that suggested that defense is more important than offense in evaluating shortstops. I like this work, but I decided to come at the question from... Read more »

A look at the Nationals -- both past and present -- may give clues to Cubs offseason plans

A look at the Nationals -- both past and present -- may give clues to Cubs offseason plans
While dealing with an annoying bout of bronchitis, I’ve been forced to stay home the past few days, but strangely taking a bit of a break from writing.  Instead, I’ve been catching up on some reading.  Included among that reading has been some net surfing.  While  looking for some old columns on the Cubs  rebuilding... Read more »
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Anarchists Brunch: Missing The Fuss

Anarchists Brunch: Missing The Fuss
Like you, my Twitter and Facebook feed has been inundated with people sharing pictures of the bleachers being torn down to be reconstructed. A lot seem to be sad about it. I just can't comprehend it. The bleachers were torn down and reconstructed in 2006. They've been redone since. We've seen Wrigley Field without bleachers in the middle of the winter before. I doubt people could get so attached to a block of concrete and bricks that are no more than eight years old. It's not as if the whole park is coming down...

Around the League: Wrigley Walls Come Down, Karros' Souvenir, SungWoo is Back

Around the League: Wrigley Walls Come Down, Karros' Souvenir, SungWoo is Back
My first apartment when I moved to Chicago after college was a crappy garden apartment on Kenmore Ave. There was a thermostat on the wall that did nothing because the heat was actually controlled by the apartment above mine. I was sick most of my first winter there. My doorbell rang in the apartment upstairs... Read more »

Cubs Minors Notes: Fangraphs rates Cubs top prospects; Draft report cards; Fall League

Cubs Minors Notes: Fangraphs rates Cubs top prospects; Draft report cards; Fall League
Prospect list season is here.  As usual, the Cubs get glowing reviews… Fangraphs Top Prospects List The first of the Cubs top prospects lists are out and it comes from Kiley McDaniel, who wrote his list for Fangraphs.  There’s a lot to take in as it is an extensive analysis, but I definitely recommend it.... Read more »
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The Time Value of Players

The Time Value of Players
On January 8, 2011, the Cubs traded Hak-Ju Lee, Sam Fuld, Robinson Chirinos, Chris Archer, and Brandon Guyer to the Tampa Bay Rays for Matt Garza. Two and a half years later, Theo Epstein turned Matt Garza in Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm, CJ Edwards, and Mike Olt. Is this an upgrade?  Maybe not. At this... Read more »
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